Golf Rankings for HP Byron Nelson Championship
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Golf Rankings for HP Byron Nelson Championship

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1. Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8

While Mickelson’s last start in this event came back in 2007, it was a top-five (something he’s collected in four of his last eight starts this season). Phil currently sits sixth in birdie average, 11th in scoring average and ninth in All-Around Ranking. Even though Lefty has finished T25 and T26 in his last two starts, he should take full advantage of a limited field.

2. Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #6

Last year’s T6 at the Byron Nelson was a career-best for Kuchar at the TPC Four Seasons. Coming off a win last week at TPC Sawgrass, Kuchar has now finished inside the top 15 in several of his last five starts. Kuchar is now up to second in scoring average and 13th in All-Around Ranking.

3. Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2

Scott’s limited schedule has served him well. All five worldwide stroke play events this year have resulted in finishes inside the top-20 for the Australian. Scott won the Nelson in 2008, missed the cut the following year and hasn’t returned until this week.

4. Jason Day [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5

Since returning to action in May, Day has finished T9 at Quail Hollow and missed the cut last week at THE PLAYERS. He’s been excellent in the Nelson with a win from 2010 and a solo fifth a year ago. Prior to withdrawing from the Masters with an ankle injury, Day notched back-to-back T20s.

5. Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16

Last week’s T68 at TPC Sawgrass ended a streak of six straight top-30s for Dufner. The run included a victory at TPC Louisiana and two other top-15 finishes. Dufner ranks sixth in total driving and seventh in All-Around Ranking. He finished T8 in the Nelson last year.

6. Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #38

Following three straight podium finishes in worldwide events, Oosthuizen missed the cut last week at TPC Sawgrass. The South African is a first timer in this event. The last three Nelson winners have been newcomers to TPC Four Seasons; should that tradition continue, Oosthuizen is the most likely candidate.

7. Carl Pettersson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #152

Even though he hasn’t played well in this event lately, Pettersson has collected three top-10s in his last five starts. The Swede ranks 10th in scoring average and 11th in All-Around Ranking. Back in 2008, Pettersson finished T4 in the Nelson.

8. Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #18

Bradley won the Nelson last year as a rookie. Despite a recent slide, he still ranks 12th in birdie average, 10th in total driving and first in All-Around Ranking. Over his last four events Bradley has missed two cuts and is without a top-25.

9. Jeff Overton [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #190

Following a solid month of March, Overton has missed two of his last four cuts with one top-20. In the Nelson he’s impressed over the last two years with a share of second in 2010 and a T8 last year. While Overton has been a bit erratic lately, he’s worth a look this week due to his strong course history.

10. Brian Davis [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #166

After a solo second at the Nelson in 2009, Davis has missed two straight cuts in the event. Davis has made nine straight cuts this season with two top-fives and four top-15s in his last half dozen starts. He’s clearly playing well and has been able to compete at the TPC Four Seasons before.

11. Ernie Els [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #41

Over his last seven starts, Els has registered fives finishes of 21st or better with three top-fives. However, the South African has also missed two of his last three cuts, but does rank 13th in scoring average. Els has not competed in the Nelson since 2006.

12. John Rollins [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #135

In 13 starts this season Rollins owns four top-10s and seven top-25s, but carries plenty of risk. In a span of seven starts from February into April, Rollins missed five of seven cuts. He finished a career-best T6 last year in the Nelson.